House panel drops ethics investigation of Trey Radel

WASHINGTON, DC — JANUARY 7, 2014
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) leaves his office to head for a vote, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Tuesday was Radel’s first day back on Capitol Hill after his arrest on drug charges. (Drew Angerer for The Naples Daily News)

Photo by Drew Angerer

WASHINGTON, DC — JANUARY 7, 2014 Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) leaves his office to head for a vote, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Tuesday was Radel’s first day back on Capitol Hill after his arrest on drug charges. (Drew Angerer for The Naples Daily News)

— The U.S. House Committee on Ethics announced Wednesday it is dropping its investigation into former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel.

In a statement released Wednesday, the committee’s chairman and ranking member said while an investigative subcommittee began its investigation, it was “unable to complete its work before Representative Radel resigned from the House on January 27, 2014.”

“As a consequence, the investigative subcommittee no longer has jurisdiction over him,” the statement continued. “This statement constitutes the investigative subcommittee’s final action regarding this matter.”

The committee was established on Dec. 12 to investigate whether Radel violated any House codes following an October drug bust. Radel pleaded guilty to a possession of cocaine charge in November and received one year of probation and no jail time.

He resigned Monday.

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